VETERAN WELLNESS CENTER
WHO WE ARE
For Veterans, making wellness a priority helps create a positive, stable post-military life. Because creating and maintaining healthy habits after leaving the military can be hard, we’ve created the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center to provide a multitude of wellness services. From mental health to physical health to holistic health, this center will offer Veterans many services that will help them improve their quality of life, as well as the quality of life for their families, military dependents, and the care community.
SERVING MILITARY CITY, USA WITH VIRTUAL SERVICES ACROSS TEXAS
With Texas trailing only California in Veteran population, San Antonio is the ideal place to have a space where a variety of wellness services are provided. Centrally located on the Northwest side of Bexar County, the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center is situated in San Antonio’s Medical District area and is co-located with the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors.
Endeavors’ Veteran Wellness Center provides telehealth and in-person mental health services to Veterans with chronic long-term mental health needs (e.g., bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders) and their families.
Adding much-needed access to clients who have not received services in the past, a peer support specialist will provide support for those who need additional assistance to improve their quality of life. A unique approach to supporting this population, the peer support specialist will be available to provide encouragement, goal setting, and general recovery guidance to all clients on their path to wellness.
With a goal of addressing a gap in Veteran mental health care across Texas, this virtual wellness program offers long-term care for chronic conditions. Endeavors’ mental health services will also support the recovery of homeless Veteran populations.
This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.TVC.Texas.gov.
WHO WE SERVE
- All Veterans and any person who
has served in the U.S. Armed Forces,
including the National
Guard and Reserves.
- Veteran dependents and
veteran surviving spouses
The VWC delivers positive, supportive, and
integrated care all in one location to focus on
self-care and overall health that enhances daily choices for wellness. Driven by the vision to restore and improve quality of life, our Endeavors Wellness Model represents six principles of wellness.
- MIND-BODYConnects physical fitness, medical, holistic treatments and mental
- CONNECTEDNESSFostering a basic human need of togetherness with a targeted focus
on decreasing isolation
- SPIRITUALEmbracing the spiritual diversity to feed the deepest needs of oneself
- ENVIRONMENTALEmbodied in the purposeful design and function of the overall goal of
connecting with the natural world
- ECONOMICViewed through the lens of social determinants of health and how
inances impact overall wellness
- KNOWLEDGECommon thread that enhances life and strengthens and supports health
Mark Riddick is the Regional Director of Behavioral Health Operations at Endeavors. He is responsible for planning, program implementation, and compliance within the Behavioral Health line of service, including the oversight of our Veteran Wellness Centers.Read More
Mark Riddick is the Regional Director of Behavioral Health Operations at Endeavors. He is responsible for planning, program implementation, and compliance within the Behavioral Health line of service, including the oversight of our Veteran Wellness Centers.
A 21-year Veteran of the United States Army, Mark rose to the highest enlisted rank of Command Sergeant Major. He deployed in support of Operations Joint Guardian, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.
Mark holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of the Incarnate Word, a certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Jill E. Palmer, a Navy Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and 2019 graduate of the Doctor of Social Work program at the University of Tennessee, serves as Endeavors Read More
Dr. Jill E. Palmer, a Navy Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and 2019 graduate of the Doctor of Social Work program at the University of Tennessee, serves as Endeavors’ first Chief of Behavioral Health. With her research focus on Veterans, suicide prevention, and quality of life, Dr. Palmer has spearheaded the implementation of the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center. A state of the art facility in San Antonio, Texas, the Veteran Wellness Center utilizes Dr. Palmer’s expertise by focusing on the integration of mental health, physical health, and recovery services built upon a foundation of wellness principles.
Dr. Palmer has over a decade of leadership experience through both the Navy and the private sector. Passionate about leading healthy, productive, and innovative teams, she has led teams of social workers, psychiatrists, and other medical and mental health personnel, provided program oversight for multiple programs, developed policies and procedures to implement evidence-based practices, and has managed program budgets.
Dr. Palmer’s background in mental health delivery, along with her experience with diverse teams and virtual work environments, allowed for a 100% transition to remote work and telehealth services to over 400 active clients at the Cohen Clinics in March, 2020. She also provided the research and the structure to the implementation of the Virtual Employee Wellness program at Endeavors, an initiative that provided daily wellness activities to over 350 employees for 13 months during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With over 18 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Palmer is experienced in treating trauma, depression, and anxiety in children, families, Veterans, and active-duty populations.
Joining Endeavors in 2020, Margarita Ochoa-Smith serves as the Director of Behavioral Health for the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center. In addition to launching state-wide virtual care co-occurring services for VWC clients, Margarita will also oversee services that support and promote emotional freedom and transformational healing for clients.
With a desire to influence positive change, Margarita strives to afford individuals the opportunity to trust in their goodness while journeying through transformation and healing. Her extensive experience in behavioral health and leadership, coupled with a career spanning over 20 years, exhibits her commitment to improving the lives of the diverse and special populations involved in behavioral health and criminal justice.
Earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from Park University at the Fort Bliss, Texas campus and a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado’s Adams State University, Margarita’s dedication to ongoing education extends beyond the university setting. Sharing years of experience in the accreditation process by JCAHO, CARF, and ACA, she is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor, is Board Certified in the state of Texas, and is an International Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), where she has earned reciprocity in multiple countries.
Previously working in both educational and correctional settings, Margarita has personally witnessed the immense ripple effect addiction and mental health has on children, families, communities, and countries. Demonstrating an ongoing dedication to serving those combating chronic behavioral health disorders locally, nationally, and internationally, she has created, developed, and launched programming for Jail Diversion, Residential Integrated Treatment, Specialty Courts, and Trauma-Informed Outpatient Co-Occurring Programs. Additionally, she has trained and mentored team members in methodologies and processes to ensure program success and appropriate client services, including the development of culturally competent and holistic programming. Further demonstrating her expertise, Margarita has served as an expert witness in a vehicular homicide trial.
Holding multiple leadership positions in El Paso, San Antonio, and Southern Colorado, Margarita has been instrumental in establishing the first Behavioral Health Treatment Court in Southern Colorado as well as the Medicine Bear Residential Program. Additionally, her clinical programming has helped form the first Integrated Residential Treatment Program for the homeless population in Bexar County.
Having the privilege of representing the United States by invitation of the Organization of American States (OAS) thru the Inter American Commission on Drug Abuse Control (CICAD) in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Cartagena, Colombia, Margarita has served as an international consultant, sharing her expertise in social re-integration of populations impacted by trauma, mental health disorders, addiction, and anti-social behaviors.
In her spare time, Margarita enjoys doing charity work throughout her community and is active in several local civic organizations, as well as an international organization dedicated to improving economic well-being and quality of life through a commitment to community services and literacy.
Margarita cherishes time with her family and enjoys nothing more than family and friends gathering to share good food, good music, and great storytelling.
As the Director of Wellness, Kimberly Anderson acts as an advocate for wellness throughout the Endeavors organization. As a key part of her position, Kimberly helps to develop the Endeavors Wellness program both internally and for clients, equipping people with tools to enhance their own personal wellness. Additionally, Kimberly oversees all aspects of wellness for the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center and facilitates three internal wellness events each week for Endeavors employees.
Kimberly entered into a career in public health and wellness well into her adult life. A spouse to a disabled veteran and the mother of a special needs child, she saw the need for education and advocacy in our healthcare system firsthand. Working on the development of the Veteran Wellness Center for over a year, and in her role since July 2020, Kimberly has a passion for wellness and for learning the best ways to stay healthy and heal difficult to treat conditions.
Kimberly holds a Bachelors Degree of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Disease Control from UTSA and a financial wellness trainer certification from NWI. Additionally, she teaches Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as tapping) I 9.
In her spare time, Kimberly serves as president San Antonio PFLAG chapter. She also loves to read, spend time her friends, and enjoy the company of her husband of 23 years and their three children.
Other Services Offered
Wellness Education and
- Support Groups
- Client Educational Classes
- Professional Development Trainings
- Peer Support
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Drop-in Childcare
- Health Coaching & Screenings
- Nutritional Support
- Individual Exercise Equipment
- Group Fitness
- Individualized & Adaptive Personal
- Tai Chi
Virtual Care via a Secure
- Case Management
- Health Coaching
- Massage Therapy
- Mindfulness & Meditation Classes
- Functional Medicine Treatment
- Primary Health Care
- Coordinated Dental Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
SUPPORT OUR MISSION
Veteran Wellness Center
For Veterans, making wellness a priority helps create a positive, stable post-military life. Our Veteran Wellness Center helps them make that happen. From mental health to physical health to holistic health, with your donation, together we’ll ensure Veterans receive services that will improve their their quality of life, as well as the quality of life for their families, military dependents, and the care community.